Planning Ahead To Make The Holidays Meaningful Within My Means

The holiday season is here! I must admit I am one of those people who over plans during the holiday season. I’m also a perfectionist so when the actual big day roles around I’m overstressed and have spent more money than I would have liked. That’s why I took SunTrust Bank‘s Meaningful within Your Means challenge, last month. It requires you to try or do something differently this year so that you can avoid a case of the “overs-” and create lasting meaningful memories of the holidays.

To fulfill my goal of not being overstressed during the holiday season I decided to plan better. I sat down and looked over SunTrust Bank‘s holiday planning guide. Then I created a budget planning spreadsheet to make sure I account for all those expenses that sneak up through the holiday season. I gave myself a budget on how much I would spend on new decorations for our new house, gifts and our annual Christmas Eve Party.

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Rice Krispie Treat Holiday Snowmen


What kid doesn’t love building a snowman? I love that these holiday Rice Krispie Treat Snowmen bring the fun of making the perfect snowman inside! Kids will have an easy time making the snowmen with a help of adult and then showing of their creativity while decorating the snowman with candy eyes, M&M buttons and a graham cracker Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup hat. … [read more]

Teaching Kids to Give During the Holidays and Every Day

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Capital One for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Community Christmas

It’s the season of good will, generosity, and appreciation for friends, family, and loved ones. Sometimes that can get lost in the hub-bub of glitz and shopping.  The holiday wish list of a child can go on for miles. New toys, the latest video games, and the hottest trends fill their dreams. But, for parents, the gift is seeing the happy looks on their faces when they open their presents. It’s the reciprocal of gratitude that we all wish for.

Teaching kids to give during the holiday and every day, is a gift that will last a lifetime. Learning to give to others will enforce an appreciation of what they have, too! Sharing and teaching is easier than you think. There are many opportunities to teach children to give, especially during the holiday…

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